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INTERVIEW


WEE WEI LING


As the St Gregory spa brand consolidates its presence in Singapore, we meet the founder and COO


NEENA DHILLON, JOURNALIST, SPA BUSINESS


he past year has been one of expan- sion for St Gregory, the spa brand owned by the Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG), on home ground. Most notably, the Singaporean company has opened at Parkroyal on Pickering – PPHG’s SG$350m (US$273m, €204m, £176m) ‘hotel- in-a-garden’ concept, which has been


hitting the headlines for its groundbreak- ing use of integrated landscaping. “Our spas have to fi t into the individual


hotel’s design to ensure continuity of expe- rience,” points out Wee Wei Ling, the chief operating offi cer of St Gregory. “So we were happy to sign off on the signifi cant inclusion of teak wood, natural decorative motifs and outdoor features as a refl ection of the over- all garden concept.” The modest-sized spa with four treatment rooms forms part of a 4,085sq m (43,970sq ft) wellness fl oor with an infi nity pool, whirl- pool, gym, 300m (984ft) garden walk and brightly hued relaxation cabanas shaped like Chinese birdcages. Indeed, it blends in seamlessly with the WOHA eco-designed hotel which boasts 15,000sq m (161,460sq ft) of sky gardens, planter terraces, water features and living green walls. Hot on the heels of Parkroyal on Picker-


Wee is on the board of the Pan Pacifi c Hotels Group – the parent company of St Gregory


ing, is the reopening of the spa at Parkroyal on Beach Road – which is St Gregory’s fl ag- ship property – following a major design overhaul. “We knew we had to improve it, particularly since it’s the big sister to our new spa at Parkroyal on Pickering,” says Wee. Under the direction of local design company KKS International, the refurbished 780sq m (8,396sq ft) eight-treatment room facility shows no sign of its original Balinese aes- thetic, instead adopting abundant foliage,


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